Life Crystal

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Life Crystal
  • Life Crystal item spriteold Life Crystal item sprite
  • Life Crystal placed
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Placeable✔️ (2 wide × 2 high)
Heals Health20
Use time30 (Average)
TooltipPermanently increases maximum life by 20
RarityRarity level: 2
Sell1 GC50 SC
Research10 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Golden CrateGolden CrateGolden Crate11/8 (12.5%)
Titanium Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Titanium CrateTitanium Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)119/160 (11.88%)
Not to be confused with Heart.

The Life Crystal is a permanent booster item that permanently increases the player's health capacity by 20, adding a red heart to the player's health bar, while also restoring 20 health.

Life Crystals can be found naturally placed in any area in the Underground layer and below, though they are fairly uncommon. They cannot be found in the The Underworld or the Dungeon, unless on Old-gen console version Old-gen console. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Life Crystals also have a 1/8 (12.5%) chance to drop from a Golden Crate, or 19/160 (11.88%) chance from a Titanium Crate.

Up to 15 Life Crystals can be used per player, increasing health capacity by 300 health (15 hearts). Added to the 100 health (5 hearts) new players begin with, a total of 400 health (20 hearts) can be achieved. Additional Life Crystals can no longer be used at that point, and attempting to do so will not consume the item.

After a world converts to Hardmode, and after the 400 health maximum is reached from consuming Life Crystals, Life Fruits can then be used to increase health capacity further, to a maximum of 500 health (20 Life Fruits).

Life Crystals used
(100 health)
1 used:
(120 health)
15 used:
(400 health)
Two Life Crystals found in close proximity in a Glowing Mushroom biome.
Four Life Crystals found in close proximity in the Jungle.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Heart LanternHeart LanternBy Hand
Life Crystal BoulderLife Crystal Boulder(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) and Ecto Mist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Repaired Life CrystalRepaired Life Crystal(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Vital CrystalVital Crystal(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Panic NecklacePanic NecklaceTinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop and Ecto Mist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • The maximum number of Life Crystals that can generate is 100 on a Small world, 230 on a Medium world, and 403 on a Large world.[1] Occasionally, a Life Crystal will fail to generate causing there to be slightly fewer than the maximum number in the world, but the total will not exceed these numbers.
  • The Life Crystal is not a Healing potion in the traditional sense as it only restores health when used if below 400 maximum health.
  • There are certain maximum health thresholds for specific events to occur. See Health § Notes for details.


Achievement Heart Breaker.png
Heart Breaker • Discover and smash your first heart crystal underground.
Find and break a Life Crystal. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Explorer Explorer



  • Life Crystals can be considered the health counterpart to Mana Crystals.
  • Life Crystals are one of the few tiles which still obviously borrow from the Stone Block sprite in the current version. Other blocks which did this, such as Ebonstone/Pearlstone prior to 1.2 or all ores prior to, Console and Mobile versions) eventually had their sprites revamped.
    • Repaired Mana Crystals also borrow from the Stone Block sprite, but as it was introduced after, Console and Mobile versions), this is likely a stylistic choice made to fit with the Life Crystal.


  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Fixed bug where Life Crystals could spawn in non-solid areas.
    • Life Crystals no longer spawn in the Dungeon or Underworld.
  • Mobile 1.2.6508: Due to the addition of Life Fruits, hearts are now all red; from 220 health and onward, hearts are smaller like the other versions, and golden hearts represent Life Fruit.
  • Mobile 1.1.5536: Can now be used up to 400 Health, instead of the former 200 Health. From 220 health and onward, hearts are represented by a gold layer on top of existing hearts (as if the player had used Life Fruits).


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method GenerateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is